INTRODUCING AN ACT OF PARLIAMENT: THE PROCESS

Matching exercise

Match the items on the right to the items on the left.

Consultation document on possible new law
Government's firm proposals for new law
Formal introduction of Bill into the House of Commons
Main debate on Bill's principles
Clause by clause consideration of the Bill by a select committee
Committee reports suggested amendments back to the House of Commons
Final debate on the Bill
All stages are repeated BUT if the House of Lords votes against the Bill, it can go back to the House of Commons and, under the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, become law if the House of Commons passes it for the second time (rare occurrence)
A formality — normally Acts of Parliament come into force at midnight after receiving the Royal Assent